Month: February 2009

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Zombie Talking Points

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On February 23, 2009
Social Security is, as we all know, a very popular and very successful program. For a variety of reasons, centrist pundits in general and the Washington Post in particular have a huge fetish about undermining it in various ways. Recently, CeCi Connolly — yes, the same one whose gruesomely bad campaign reporting helped to put […]

Saving Me A Review

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On February 22, 2009
I definitely agree with the “backlash” position on Slumdog Millionaire. It’s not just how embarrassingly cliched the last third or so of the movie is — not so much a Bollywood tribute as a tribute to Hollywood triumph-of-the-underdog-who-gets-the-girl-too-in-an-even-more-dreary-subplot movies — but that these cliches undermine the best parts of the movie, making the whole less […]

Um…

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On February 21, 2009
I hate to break this to you, but Alan Keyes is inherently incapable of putting anything “back on a burner.” It’s more like putting the Obama birth-certificate non-controversy into a broken microwave that isn’t even plugged in, and having some crazy person keep pushing buttons hoping that something will happen. I do think it’s always […]

No Investments

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On February 21, 2009

Wow. The clients who trusted Bernard L. Madoff still do not know exactly what he did with their money. But they know what he did not do with it: He did not buy any of those blue-chip stocks and Treasu

Against the Mileage Tax

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On February 20, 2009
Ygelsias and Black are completely right about this, of course. The point is to tax the specific negative externalities of driving rather than just driving per se, and in addition the new higher implementation costs work at cross-purposes with the additional goal of raising revenues. And this, about the politics, also strikes me as obviously […]

Zack Snyder?

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On February 20, 2009

Obviously, you don’t expect much from ew lists, and this one is actually better that the “New Classics” one Glenn references, which featured not only more than its share of The Truma

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